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PLAY! (Pay Less All Year!)
PLAY! (Pay Less All Year!)

PLAY! (Pay Less All Year!)

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Introduction: I sang and played guitar and bass for about 45 years, wrote songs, taught private guitar lessons for 4 music studios, 1 music class in a private elementary school, and adult education classes at 3 Broward County high schools. I owned and operated my music business for around 40 years, as a teacher/instructor, singer/musician, entertainer, and DJ/MC. I Performed as a solo artist and played with several bands during a 30 year period. I sing (tenor) and play acoustic and electric guitar, bass or ukulele. Most of my 500+ songs are classic hits from the sixties and seventies, including country, folk, rock, pop, and standards. I like to help others to enjoy a fun hobby and personal satisfaction to achieve success in self confidence by mastering an instrument. I have taught over a thousand students from 7 to 70 in roughly 40 years.
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Hired 70 times

Serves Fort Lauderdale, FL

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46 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and punctuality.

Very good 4.6

37 reviews

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Karol W.

Guitar Lessons

He put big smiles on my granddaughters face..he has lots of patience and she can not wait for her next lesson. Thankyou for that
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Oct 17, 2019
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Melanie V.

Guitar Lessons

Dan is a good guitar player. He knows his stuff well. I’ve had 3 or 4 lessons with him. First lesson he was about 45 minutes late, but the next lessons he was only about 10 minutes late so I let it slide no problem. He does a lot of things to make the time go by faster for himself which I dislike (playing music videos on his phone that has nothing to do with guitar, going through papers as if he wasn’t prepared for our lesson) I did buy a tuner off him our first lesson and he tunes my guitars for me before our lesson, but this past time my tuner disappeared and I figured he accidentally took it with him. No big deal mistakes happen, but when asking for it back he got all defensive that he didn’t take it even though I knew it was just an accident. The tuner was definitely something I needed, but he is also very pushy on buying other things that I do not need or already have. We had a lesson today at 6pm and he texted me at 5:02 pm (48 minutes before my lesson?!) that his car was getting fixed and had to cancel. But if I was to cancel it has to be 24 hours before or I get charged a fee?? Hmmm. He texts me again 10 minutes later that he can come at 6 and his car is fixed now. I’m already frustrated at this point about my tuner and the such short notice on cancellation that I tell him not to come. I also read a previous review that he asked someone what they do for a living 5 minutes after entering their home and he did the same with me first lesson before we even sat down to play. Great guitar player, not a good teacher.
Mar 31, 2021
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Shelley L.

Guitar Lessons

Dan is a patient and kind teacher. He has taught me the basics in music so that I will progress on my guitar playing. I look forward to my improvements as my lessons continue.
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Jul 25, 2018
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John O.

Singing Lessons (for adults)

I've only had one lesson but so far so good. Liked him very much and look forward to really learning to sing and do duets
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Feb 23, 2017
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Matthew O.

Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)

Dan has been teaching our 9 year old and we are delighted with the progress our son has made. Dan is patient and provides positive feedback throughout the lesson. Dan also provided us a music stand since we didn't have one.
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Feb 6, 2017
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Private Lessons at your house cost $30 for 60 minutes plus $15-$20 transportation charge, depending on location and time. (weekly) No contracts, commitments, or advance payments required. No tax or any other costs, except for optional equipment, accessories, books, etc. There is a $10 charge if you don't notify me to cancel and/or reschedule appointments 12 hours in advance with a voicemail and/or text message to my phone. Pay each visit with cash or check, no credit or debit cards yet. I will give you handouts that I print out at my expense, so you don't have to buy a book for about $20, that most teachers require you to purchase. I have never raised the price for any of my students, even after 2 years or more!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I evaluate what they already know, then start from there. We learn fingering techniques, picking and strumming styles, notes, scales, chords, songs, and music theory. I give clear instructions and detailed explanations in an organized order, demonstrate action with visual aids, ask questions to verify communication, review and test, then put into practical application. I teach the basic fundamentals of playing the guitar, like proper fingering techniques, picking and strumming patterns, plus music theory. The student will learn the notes, scales, chords, read music and tablature, play melody, harmony, lead riffs, and background rhythm accompaniment in tunes of varied styles, as well as singing the lyrics of the songs.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I go to classes for digital recording software and technique. I like to help others to enjoy a fun hobby and personal satisfaction to achieve success in self confidence by mastering an instrument. Currently, I own more than 40 stringed instruments, all with straps and gig bags, 5 keyboards, over 15 amplifiers with speakers or headphones, about 10 microphones with cords and stands, many harmonicas, tuners, guitar stands, effects, music stands, music books, and other accessories.

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